SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY
Koolmill are working alongside project partners Sheffield Hallam University to create a Global Centre of Excellence for Cereal Processing.
This pioneering facility will be situated at the new, multi-million pound, cutting edge National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) which was formally opened in April 2020.
This facility will provide a fully functioning R&D facility to further explore the novel Koolmill processes, develop machines and work to to extend the use of Koolmill technology to other cereals, grains, pulses, and legumes. Currently we are working with the multinational brewer AB InBev to reduce spent grain from brewing by gently processing friable Malted Barley, alongside increasing their brewing efficiency by delivering them premium milled grain with unique nutrient properties. Furthermore, we have been collaborating with the largest importer of Chia seeds to the EU, to determine the value Koolmill can add during the processing of this popular health food product.
Combining Koolmill’s technical knowledge and industry expertise with the extensive academic and scientific resources and support offered by NCEFE, creates an ideal environment for bringing an innovative product to market. Working closely with the NCEFE has the additional benefit of ensuring the wider economic, social, and environmental impacts of Koolmill’s work can be validated by a renowned academic institution.
Our ambition is for Koolmill and NCEFE to be recognised as global thought leaders, and for Koolmill to become a TOP 10 supplier to the rice industry by 2025.
Almost one year ago we formed a mutually beneficial partnership with AB InBev following a European Innovation Council event. The Dream Tech Alliance Start-Up match making session looks to source start-up businesses keen to collaborate with multinationals.
Since then an investigation has ensued to determine the value to AB InBev of utilising Koolmill's unique, gentle, grain processing technology. Multiple trials have been run in the UK and together we are exploring the technology and the wide range of applications it could have for AB InBev.
"Following successful trials, AB InBev is exploring Koolmill technology for different applications. We have a unique technology that we believe offers benefits for AB InBev by improving process efficiency and quality whilst reducing environmental impact. Having AB InBev as a potential exploitation route for Koolmill IP, raises our profile making us more interesting to other funding programmes and investors as we seek funding for an ambitious, rapid growth plan. This opportunity to engage with AB InBev, and evaluate our impact, will unlock global markets for us!”
RAJDHANI RICE MILL
Rajdhani Rice is a SME Rice Miller in Northern India, typical of over a million similar small rice mills globally. These small mills suffer from many of the same problem, outdated poorly performing milling equipment, insufficient capacity, lack of infrastructure and no access to the funds necessary to upgrade to the current high performance milling solutions. This results in significant Food Loss during processing, limiting the revenue potential for these SME Millers and wasting the finite resources deployed to grow paddy.
Koolmill and Sheffield Hallam University identified Rajdhani as an ideal project partner for an Innovate UK funded project: Improved rice milling for SME Millers and valorising the by-products of the rice milling process. The challenge was to support Rajdhani in their digital transformation by creating a demonstrator pilot mill that will become an exemplar for what is now possible: improved revenues from affordable low-power, high performance, distributed rice milling delivering a quality for consumers exceeding the best that large commercial mills can produce.
ADVANCED SERVICES GROUP (ASG)
The Advanced Services Group (ASG) is a centre of excellence at Aston Business School, Aston University in the UK. ASG provide education, training, research and a global network of like-minded professionals around advanced services and servitization.
ASG have worked with over 200 businesses, including Baxi, Domino Printing Sciences, Ishida, Legrand, Thales and Waters, as well as a multitude of SMES, who have both informed and benefited from Aston research.
ASG have partnered with the likes of Alstom, DHL, Kimble and Rolls Royce to deliver research, education and thought leadership based on real industry insights.